Ann Priston OBE, BSc, PhD, FFSSoc, JP Dr Priston sits on Council representing the Professional Body, The Forensic Science Society of which she is the President.
She obtained a joint honours degree in Biochemistry and Physiology in 1967 and a doctorate in biochemistry in 1970. During her early career she worked on DNA synthesis in the Nobel Prize winning team at Kings College London. She joined the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory in 1970, dealing with offences against the person, eventually specialising in the examination of textile fibres. For 10 years she concentrated on cases involving mainland PIRA activity. She holds 14 commendations for dedication, professionalism and presentation in court and was awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for her contribution to the investigation into terrorism on the Greek mainland over the last 30 years. She is also a visiting lecturer at King’s College London and a tutor for the Inner Temple Advocacy Master Class.
Dr Priston holds the Freedom of the City of London and in March 1998 was invested with the order of OBE for services to the Home Office. She was appointed to the bench at Richmond-upon-Thames Magistrates Court in 2004.